This Queer Kitchen
Photo: Courtesy of Laura André Sousa
What started out as a class assignment for Gabrielle Lenart turned into an awesome series of unifying, food-focused gatherings for the queer community.
With a bachelor’s in food science from Penn State, and a master’s in food studies on the way from NYU, Lenart is an avid foodie and queer activist who recognized how few safe spaces there were for LGBTQ+ chefs and food-minded individuals. So she decided to create a community-building vehicle with food at the forefront for the programming called This Queer Kitchen.
Food is a perfect platform for assembly because of how universal it is — regardless of our background, identity or circumstance, we all need to eat. Lenart meditated on this while creating a website for an assignment. She decided to combine her two passions and create a way to unify the queer community through food by facilitating genuine connections. When the site went live, she didn’t expect as many followers as she got — but the influx of support compelled her to take her idea further.
This Queer Kitchen recently kicked off with a lively launch party and fundraising event benefiting the Trevor Project. They also have a gathering coming up in collaboration with Lil’ Deb’s at the deliciously queer eatery Meme’s Diner. They’ll also have prospective cooking classes and several food friendly events for Pride.
More about This Queer Kitchen and their delectable, queer, stereotype-subverting gatherings can be found on their website.